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Early Autumn Apples, Apple Butter Festival & More at Shenandoah

Shenandoah National Park, VA – While peak viewing of fall foliage along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is still a few weeks away, apple season is already in full swing.

Annual Apple Butter Festival

Join us at Skyland Resort for the 15th Annual Apple Butter Celebration on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The event will go on, rain or shine from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Freshly made apple butter, apple crafts, apple food …. apples will be everywhere! The undisputed star of the festival, however, is the spicy apple butter stirred in giant copper kettles all day long.

The traditional harvest festival will be accompanied by wine tastings, pony rides, children’s crafts, and live entertainment featured throughout the day. Featured food includes Apple Smoked Pork BBQ, Grilled Chicken with Apple Salsa, Granny Apple Cole Slaw, Apple Cobbler, and Hot & Cold Apple Cider. Virginia wine and cider tastings will also be available.

Apple-Themed Dining in Shenandoah National Park

During September, the Pollock Dining Room at Skyland Resort and the Spottswood Dining Room at Big Meadows Lodge will be an apple lover’s dream with apples creatively included on the menus by Executive Chefs Paul Lombardy and William Taylor and Sous Chef Heather Cash.

Traditional favorites include Apple Bacon Pancakes with Hard Cider Syrup; Spinach Salad with Apples, Pecans, Onions and Goat Cheese; Apple Cider Vinaigrette; Baked Brie with Spiced Apples, Walnut Sauce and Sliced Baguette; Chicken Breast Sandwich with Caramel Apple BBQ and Smoked Gouda; Pan Seared Pork Loin with Caramelized Apple and Fennel Sauce; Apple Cider Brined Roast Chicken with Cider Glazed Cipiolinni Onions, Sage and Bacon; Roasted Duck with Apple Butter; Baked Apple Stuffed with Walnut and Brie, Flambéed; Apple Muffins;  Fresh Berry and Apple Salad with an Apple Honey Vinaigrette.

Skyland Resort is located at mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive and Big Meadows Lodge is located at mile 51. (Please note there are no reservations; all dining is first-come, first-serve.)

Apple Orchards Outside The Park

There are apple orchards all around the park and we’ve built out a few maps with choice locations on to find this delectable fruit on your way to and from the park. Not far from Shenandoah National Park’s northern district are beautiful farms with a choice of pick your own or choose from already harvested fruit. The Winchester to Shenandoah apple trail includes Marker-Miller Orchards in Winchester and Rinker Orchards in Stephens City. The September harvest will boast a mix of varietals and include popular Ginger Gold, Gala, Honeycrisp and more.  For guests traveling from Washington, DC area, look for High Places Orchards in Huntley or Roy’s Orchards in Sperryville – both offer an assortment of pick your own or already picked.

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Media contact: Kathy Moore, Moore Public Relations (540) 886-3131